In late 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a drug safety warning linking Onglyza, a popular type of type 2 diabetes medication, to severe joint pain. Severe joint pain can make everyday tasks difficult to perform and can sometimes become truly disabling. Joint pain may inhibit your ability to earn a living and, in some cases, lead to opiate painkiller abuse and addiction. If you have suffered from joint pain or any other side effect related to Onglyza use, you need to contact a pharmaceutical litigation attorney.
Farah & Farah has been successfully representing injury victims since 1979. We are now investigating injury claims related to Onglyza use nationwide. To get the appropriate compensation for your injury and suffering, call the Onglyza attorneys at Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation.
Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4 (DPP-4) Inhibitors
The FDA safety warning stated that a certain class of medications, dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, can cause debilitating pain in some patients. DDP-4 inhibitors like Onglyza are a newer class of drugs commonly prescribed, along with diet and exercise, to control blood glucose (blood sugar) in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. These medications work by stimulating the pancreas gland to produce more insulin while simultaneously reducing the amount of glycogen, a type of sugar, that the liver releases into the body.
The following is a list of FDA approved DDP-4 inhibitors that have been linked to severe joint pain:
- Onglyza (saxagliptin)
- Januvia (sitagliptin)
- Janumet (sitagliptin and metformin)
- Janumet XR (sitagliptin and metformin extended release)
- Kombiglyze XR (saxagliptin and metformin extended release)
- Tradjenta (linagliptin)
- Glyxambi (linagliptin and empagliflozin)
- Jentadueto (linagliptin and metformin)
- Nesina (alogliptin)
- Kazano (alogliptin and metformin)
- Oseni (alogliptin and pioglitazone)
Other Side Effects Associated With Onglyza Use
Severe joint pain isn’t the only side effect linked to being treated with Onglyza. Other serious side effects have been reported by patients, including:
- Heart failure (a 2014 study of 16,000 patients found that a shocking 27 percent more patients treated with Onglyza were hospitalized for heart failure than the control group)
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Pancreatisis (inflammation of the pancreas, a serious condition that can lead to permanent injury or even death)
- Abdominal pain
- Skin reactions (such as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome)
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Urinary tract infection
- Thyroid cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
Contact Your Physician if You Suffer Joint Pain
The FDA’s Onglyza safety warning urges patients experiencing severe joint pain to not just stop taking their prescribed medication, but to contact their prescribing physician. Remember, type 2 diabetes is a serious illness that, when untreated, can lead to blindness, loss of a limb, and even death. Your doctor can reduce your dosage or prescribe a different medication or different treatment to control your blood glucose levels.
Damages for Joint Pain
No one should have to live with joint pain. If you have experienced severe joint pain related to your use of Onglyza or any other DDP-4 inhibitor, you may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Future bills related to your injury
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional duress
- Lost wages from missed work
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Reduced earning capacity
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Punitive damages
Do I Need an Attorney To File a Pharmaceutical Injury Claim?
No, but having the guidance of a dedicated pharmaceutical litigation attorney will make all the difference in the world. Pharmaceutical companies are large and intimidating corporations, well protected by insurance companies and their attorneys. To hold your own against these powerful giants and their professional litigators, you’re going to need a professional litigator in your corner. It’s literally the only way you’re going to get a fair and equitable settlement.
Contact an Onglyza Joint Pain Attorney
The legal team at the law offices of Farah & Farah is aggressive, tenacious, and ready to fight for you. We have successfully represented injury victims and their families against large corporations for decades. We are now investigating pharmaceutical injury claims related to Onglyza use nationwide. Let our Onglyza joint pain lawyers help you.
The time to act is now. Get the settlement you deserve by calling (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation.